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Spelling Hint to People on Forums

"rediculous" is not a word. Not in the English language, anyway.

What I wouldn't give to have every browser put red dotted lines under mis-spelled words like Safari does, along with people who care enough to pay attention to them.

13 Responses to "Spelling Hint to People on Forums"

  1. Yeah, I guess you could do that in Javascript, underline every word on the page that doesn't belong to the dictionary !

    That would be fun 😉

  2. Perhaps you should get your own spelling in order before correcting that of others. Recieve.

  3. NotABozo said on June 16, 2008:

    Perhaps you should get your own spelling in order before correcting that of others. Recieve.

    I didn't mis-spell "receive" on that page. Two commenters (neither of them me) did. A third person quoted one of the commenters.

  4. In that case, I apologise.

  5. Yeah, things like that really drive me nuts.

    Ones I see frequently:
    - "than" instead of "then" (and vice versa)
    - "it's" instead of "its"
    - "'s" used to pluralize

    Makes me wonder what our nation's public schools are teaching nowadays.

  6. And what's with so many people on forums spelling "lose" with two o's?

  7. Maybe it's because most of the people on the internet aren't american, English or even from an English-Speaking country !

    Have you ever thought of that ?

    I'm french, for example... And still, 80% of the sites I visit are written in English.

  8. Moitah, I see these spelling and grammatical mistakes from people I know to be English-speaking Americans. We have a system-wide failure in our educational system here, but we as a country refuse to admit it.

    I can excuse mistakes made by non-native English speakers, just as I hope that native German- and Spanish-speaking people will excuse the mistakes I undoubtedly make in their languages.

  9. Okay... It's the same in France. (For the failure)

  10. You should be happy that Firefox 3 is now out. It has spell check built-in like Safari.

  11. Daniel said on June 16, 2008:

    Moitah, I see these spelling and grammatical mistakes from people I know to be English-speaking Americans.

    That's what I was thinking, too. It's wasn't obvious who Moitah was responding to.

    Not to overgeneralize, but more than a few times I've observed how native English-speaking/writing American leave an impression of being careless/sloppy while the non-natives tend to be more conscientious/accurate.

    Writers who can't make an effort don't deserve my time and effort as a reader. If I'm not ignoring them, sometimes it's the sloppiest writers (from anywhere) making the most thoughtless "contributions" to discussions. There's probably a connection.

    Daniel said on June 16, 2008:

    We have a system-wide failure in our educational system here, but we as a country refuse to admit it.

    America's in denial about many issues.

    Daniel said on June 16, 2008:

    I can excuse mistakes made by non-native English speakers, just as I hope that native German- and Spanish-speaking people will excuse the mistakes I undoubtedly make in their languages.

    I'd better forgive my German wife for any mistakes since she's never given me a hard time for not making much effort to learn her language.

  12. Software spell checking has only taught an entire generation that "definitely" is spelled "defiantly".

  13. [...] one's a bit more general than the one from a few days ago, as I hear people in real life saying it, too: "I could care [...]


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